Transfagarasan – The best road in the world

Transfagarasan road – The best road in the world

The Transfăgărășan road was showcased in a section of the British TELEVISION program Top Gear (November 2009 – Transfagarasan top gear edition). Host Jeremy Clarkson declared that the Transfăgărășan was “the best road on the world,” a title the speaker had actually formerly provided to the Stelvio Pass in Italy.

The Transfăgărășan was built between 1970 and 1974 under the guideline of Nicolae Ceaușescu, and as an action to the 1968 intrusion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu intended to guarantee fast army accessibility through the mountains in case of a Soviet intrusion.

The Transfagarasan road starts Bascov Village, Arges County near Pitesti and it ends at the intersection with DN1 road between Sibiu and Brasov, near Cartisoara, with a total length of 151 km, crossing the Fagaras Mountains.

The most spectacular part of the road is 91 km long, and it is situated between Vidraru dam and Cartisoara .

The national road named Transfagarasan connects the historical region Transylvania with Wallachia, crossing the Fagaras Mountains the highest mountains from Carpathian mountains in Romania, reaching an altitude of 2042 m high near Balea lake.

The roadway was formally opened on 20 September 1974, although some development works continued until 1980.

It is both a destination as well as a challenge for walkers, bikers and also motorbike fanatics.
The roadway also offers accessibility to Balea Lake and Balea Waterfall.

The Transfăgărășan roadway is generally close from late October till late June as a result of snow. Depending upon the Transfagarasan weather condition, Transfagarasan opening times – it could stay open till late November, or could be close also in the summer season.

The Transfagarasan has much more passages (a total amount of 5) and also viaducts compared to any other roadway in Romania. Near the acme, at Balea Lake, the roadway goes through Balea Tunnel, the lengthiest roadway passage in Romania:884 m (2,900 feet).

With Tour Travel by Odas Global Consulting you can visit top romanian roads: Transfagarasan road (described above) and Transalpina Road .

About Author

Erika Kovari
I am working in the tourism industry for over ten years. Travel writing helped me formulate my core belief about most travel destinations. As Augustine of Hippo said: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”.


October 22, 2016
Indeed, Transfagarasan is without any doubts, the best road in the world !
Anne Hawkins
October 30, 2016
I love Transfagarasan, there is no road in the world like this one !

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